sewalk
48 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
Here we go again. This time, though, as I restart my life, I'm really starting it. I have shed the vast majority of my personal possessions and I'm living on a boat. Well, not yet, the woodwork and upholstery in the cabin is still a work in progress but it's getting there.

I'm new to Portland but my two best friends have been living up here for two and four years now and I had no reasonable choice but to join them. You try living in the reddest state in America when you're so liberal you don't argue or get angry when people call you a Socialist and mean it as an insult.
What I’m doing with my life
Learning. Nothing ever works out anything like I envision it. Now, I just work to roll with what does happen and make the best of where I am.

I am in the process of refitting a 1985 Cal 24' sailboat. I am back in OKC getting it and the trailer road-ready and expect to be back in PDX later in Aug2016. I also have a recumbent tadpole trike I'll be using as my primary means of transportation in Oregon. I've never lived without a car, other than in Germany, but Portland seems like a great place to make a go of it. I am really excited about getting the Cal into a slip on the Willamette and stowing away all my gear on board. My goal is to finish refitting her over the winter and to sail up to Puget Sound next summer. After that, who knows?
I’m really good at
Tech. Seriously. If I can't fix your laptop or smart phone, it's either not broken or so old you'd be much better off replacing it. I am a hardcore technophile and tinkerer and I've got several projects I'm thinking about or working on at any given time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Most of the books I have read are science fiction (I am very well-versed in all the Grand Masters) or non-fiction history (Massie's Dreadnought and Ryan's A Bridge Too Far are among my favorites) but I still want to explore more of the classics I never made time to read before, like Hemingway and Steinbeck. The most recent authors I've delved into have been Phillip K. Dick, Frederik Pohl, and H.G. Wells.

Any character or story driven movie will usually hold my interest but if it's nothing more than a gore-fest or non-stop explosions, I'll get bored pretty quickly.

I despise reality television. I really like good documentaries series best, like Cosmos, Nova, or Frontline.

I generally listen to Classic/Progressive/Punk Rock but I have jazz and classical oriented play lists, too. I will grudgingly admit that I can sometimes be caught listening to things like electronic music or pop but please, don't tell anyone.

OK, food. I love food. I also have severe problems with food, as in eating too much of the wrong stuff. Once again, I have sworn off all the really good stuff for the most part, like desserts, bread, potatoes, and beer. I might occasionally have a beer or two with friends (maybe three or six if it's a really good time) and even an occasional slice of pizza (once a month or less) but most days are a carbohydrate wasteland for me.
The six things I could never do without
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.

Meanwhile, in the 21st century...
Internet Access
Smartphone (it's my clock, calendar, ToDo list, navigation tool, weather reference, and it has this nifty voice communication feature, too)
A quiet place to think
Everything else is negotiable, especially when I have the boat and the stars.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Sailing around the world. Seriously. Want to come along?

In the same vein, I've been thinking a lot lately about how I'm going to get radar, VHF radio, GPS, a cell phone booster, and a wi-fi client/bridge all mounted to the mast on my sailboat at once while still minimizing interference between all of them. Maybe I'm going to need a bigger boat.
On a typical Friday night I am
For the most part, my Fridays resemble every other day of the week. Maybe that needs to change. Or maybe not. Screw it, I'm designating Tuesday as my party night. But for now, at least, it resembles every other night, too.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I used to be a Republican. I got better.
You should message me if
you're at all interested in getting to know me. I'm often pretty reserved and I'm slow to make the first move. I'm pretty good at convincing myself that you won't be interested in me and that I shouldn't bother you.
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